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07-06-2013 10:45 AM
Originally Posted by HillbillyJeeper View Post
It is the best vehicle you will ever like being uncomfortable in while getting to know every gas station attendant along you route! Sounds crazy but that's the best explanation I can give you
Mine is pretty comfortable, but we went the extra mile. I dynomatted the floor/doors, and the headliner is also a plus. My jeep is quiet! I've also have 33x10.5x17 tires. While they might seem like they should be loud they aren't. I've got open country at2s on her, and they are great for trail running. Oh, I've also got polyurethane spacers and they soak up the bumps. Mine gets good mileage also. Average around 18 with day to day mixed driving.
07-06-2013 10:22 AM
WranglerMojo 2013 JKU Sport w/ 2.5" lift and 33's. No complaints here after travelling with my wife and 17 year old son from Nashville all the way to Key West - 2475 miles over 10 days. Had no problem getting about 650 miles down the road on the first day. Diligent use of cruise control was a big help.
07-06-2013 10:14 AM
dav5942 We drove our new '13 JKUR from FL to Houston(NRA Show) 1200 miles and in two days, one day at the show and 1200 miles back in two days! Driving the JK was great!!
07-06-2013 10:13 AM
WillDawg I did a 6 hr round trip in my 2013 Wrangler sport. Was fantastic! Very comfortable.
07-06-2013 10:08 AM
Originally Posted by Dozer13JK View Post
If you are looking to get the 4 door JKU, comfort in the rear seat isn't going to be much of an issue, especially for a child. It's MUCH better than that of the 2 door JK. I can tell you that much.
Wow, I could not disagree more. There is much easier access to the back seat, that is for sure. There may even be a little more room. But, I found the back seat on the 4 door way to upright. I only have one child still at home and she found the 4 door back very uncomfortable. We drove the 2 door and both she and I found the back seat much more comfortable. I just drove her to New York from Virginia with a friend in my 2 door. They both sat in the back and slept like babies for nearly the entire trip.
07-06-2013 10:03 AM
JayHawker45 I've taken a couple of trips from Kansas to the Savannah, Ga area. Couple of thousand miles round trip, my Jeep is a 2011 Rubicon, 6 spd, 33x12.5x15s with a 2.5" Teraflex spring lift. No problems at all with comfort, I'm one that drives until I'm ready to it's not uncommon to do 600 miles in a day's worth of driving.

Next long trip may be from KC to Annapolis to see our younger son, that works out to be about 1150 one way.

As others have said, I keep it in the 60-65mph range and after a while, you get used to the buffeting by the big trucks.
07-06-2013 09:59 AM
Frankiemetal Do like I do. I borrow my girlfriend's Honda Accord for long drives. It will safe you money at the gas pumps and keep all those miles off the jeep
07-06-2013 09:58 AM
HRR1 It is not comfortable for long drives as it is noisy and the back seat can get hot even with the AC on. If you want to do long trips use a car designed for that like the Chrysler 300.
07-06-2013 09:54 AM
DannyV I drove it from central NC to Mesa, AZ and back over a 6 day period (Just thinking of it makes me cringe a little bit). I never had a single issue with comfort of the seats or ride (until the last 3 hours but that was more mental). Keep in mind it is a Wrangler luxury car.
07-06-2013 09:50 AM
JeeperJake OP:

I've made many 2000-4000 mile trips in my 08JK in the last 30 months.

While I tend to stay in the 60-65mph 'pocket' for my own comfort level, the sitting position is perfect for my body shape. The seats are "good enough" in that they are far better than many prior rigs I've had, while not being of the 6-way power infinite adjustment persuasion.

I removed my own rear seat 2 years ago. IMO anyone of the under-teen body size has plenty of room in the stock rear seat.

"Comfort" is way too subjective to be able to measure.

For a vehicle that rides like a hobby horse and handles like a lawn tractor, the JK is perfectly comfortable. I'd be willing to head cross-country any day to see the sights and enjoy the ride.

Typically on long trips I average around 18.4 mpg, which is adequate for my needs. Certainly there is way more FUN compared to any other rig I've owned, from classic heavy metal to high performance 2 seaters.
07-06-2013 08:34 AM
Originally Posted by ToughWrangler View Post
Hi folks, I am planning to buy 2013 Jeep Wrangler , 4 door with hard top. How comfortable are long drives. I will be driving trips of 400 miles and above once in every 3 months . Comfort is more important for me than the fuel economy. Please suggest.

Thank you
I just took a 100 mile drive yesterday and I was very comfortable in my 4-door.

My previous vehicle was a 2009 Subaru Forester - and the seats were absolutely terrible. After a few hours in the seat, I could have terrible sciatic nerve pain from a lack of lumbar and thigh support. I had to use 2 extra pillows on my back and thighs to avoid terrible pain... And I'm 24!

The Jeep seats are much more comfortable, they have a good amount of lumbar support, the pedals are in a great location, I can sit very upright with good posture... I think jeep makes a great Wrangler seat. I have no pain in it.
07-06-2013 08:22 AM
Originally Posted by HillbillyJeeper View Post
It is the best vehicle you will ever like being uncomfortable in while getting to know every gas station attendant along you route! Sounds crazy but that's the best explanation I can give you
Lol yup!
07-06-2013 01:10 AM
HillbillyJeeper It is the best vehicle you will ever like being uncomfortable in while getting to know every gas station attendant along you route! Sounds crazy but that's the best explanation I can give you
07-06-2013 12:57 AM
2010whitejk I drive my 2010 all over southern california all the time and I love it. My friends hate all the noise between the tires and wind but to me thats what I love about my jeep. Plus if your not in a hurry you can usually find a little dirt to play in along the way
07-05-2013 11:53 PM
TrueBlueJK I honestly think tire selection will dictate ride comfort more than anything, I just switched to the BFG mud terrains from the stock Sahara wheels and tires and I can see how a very long drive could get slightly annoying after awhile, but I still love the ride. I guess it's personal preference at the end of the day.
07-05-2013 11:46 PM
Wingsnut72 Oh yes! We just took a sight seeing trip to nw Nebraska, sw South Dakota, and Wyoming. I have to say its the perfect travel vehicle. Over about 2500 miles through all terrain types I had no issues. I absolutely love this jeep! Gas mileage was also good. Averaged around 18.5!
07-05-2013 11:12 PM
jklarry I have done one trip of 2600 miles and three of 1600 mile in an 09 2dr with 33"s thru mountains, just learn when to turn off the OD. I am good with traveling in my Jeep, the wife...not so much.
07-05-2013 08:16 PM
4sight I drove my 1990 Wrangler from NY to CA (and back). That was no picnic. Back then the seats were rough, non-reclining. It was a 4-banger w/ no AC to boot.
I'm thankful for the strides they've made in creature comfort as I am a few months from a NY to NV trip in my JKU. Like others have said, it's not a Caddy, but I'm sure the ride will beat my YJ.
07-05-2013 07:57 PM
LoveJiuJitsu Drove from Atlanta, GA to Denver, CO with the kids in the back. Was a great drive.
07-05-2013 07:56 PM
jadmt I just did two 750 mile days and squeezed in between the 750 mile drive was a lot of hours on the trails and no issues for driver or front passenger, the rear seats are not as comfortable. 2013 jku traveled between 75-80mph (Missoula to Moab). For me driving the JKU is more comfortable then my wife's 2009 Accord.
07-05-2013 06:21 PM
J33P4M3 just did a 1200 mile round trip from Chattanooga - Pittsburgh - Chattanooga in my 2013 JKUR... drove very nice... Seats very comfortable on the journey. Drove straight through on the way back home.
07-05-2013 06:16 PM
Y-Guy I just did a whirlwind drive to Boise and back, racking up 287 miles each way in our JKU, a couple days before I was heading to Lake Wenatchee about 350 miles round trip. Was it as comfortable as my old Chevy Avalanche, Cadillac Catera or even my F150? Not really but it wasn't bad at all. I never got out and felt stiff or sore. Only only in my Jeep do people stop to chat about the Jeep, hard to compare the fun factor. For the ride to Boise I put the hard top on, for the Lake trip I had the Bikini top on. The ride quality is what you would expect from a Jeep. If I were making that drive weekly I wouldn't pick the Jeep, but 4 times a year I wouldn't hesitate to drive my Jeep.
07-05-2013 05:58 PM
DIXIEDOG I'm not as big of a fan of them for long rides...they are comfortable enough to do it but it's not a comfy ride..... In comparison to say a Tahoe or Expedition it's not comfy at all.....if you compare it to an old Dodge Omni I'd say it's pretty good.
07-05-2013 05:01 PM
BManz I use my GC for long drives (4+ hrs) but I have been on a pavement road trip for 5+hrs in my 2dr JK and felt it was very comfortable. I'd rather take my Hemi WK2 GC for long distance cruising at "plus" speeds because it's MPG is better, it's noticeably quieter and doesn't get blown around at all by trucks or cross-wind. It is all subjective but find riding upright in a Wrangler more comfortable than a low slung E-class Benz and I've made that comparison frequently enough to be sure.
07-05-2013 04:29 PM
JKWrangler2012 Previous vehicles my left leg would go numb after a few hours.. Has never happened in the jeep! Very comfortable although IRMV
07-05-2013 04:01 PM
Up Hill Bill
Originally Posted by ToughWrangler View Post
How is the comfort for the passengers in the back row. Usually when i drive from SF to LA, I Would have my 1 year old son in the car seat.

A young kid in a good car seat isn't going to know that the rear seat backs are a little to upright for comfort on a long drive. Adults... well, as long as it's not you, what do you care.... keeps the ride moochers away ...

On your drives on I5, where you're probably used to going 80 or so, the JKU isn't going to like that much, especially gas wise... Might be sort of OK if you get 3.21 axles. But, there's always more gas at Buttonwillow!

I confess that I don't think I've been over about 65 in the two years I've been driving my JKU. I like going about 60 on the highway.... Something about driving a Wrangler just seems to slow folks down and enjoy the ride more..... But, on I5 that means you'll pretty much be in the truck lane. No biggy, enjoy your Jeep!
07-05-2013 03:39 PM
ToughWrangler Thank you all ..
07-05-2013 02:32 PM
Dozer13JK If you are looking to get the 4 door JKU, comfort in the rear seat isn't going to be much of an issue, especially for a child. It's MUCH better than that of the 2 door JK. I can tell you that much.
07-05-2013 02:27 PM
oOoYTSEJAMoOo I drove from DC to with my wife and two dogs. No problem. Plus I travel the mid Atlantic region for work, all the while behind the shell of my jeep. Love it! Just FYI... I'm 6'3" 230 lbs.
07-05-2013 02:27 PM
Argent Delivered my friend in North Carolina his 2009 JKU (drove it down from Michigan) rode nice, front seats were comfortable enough - just don't try to sleep in the back seat :P
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